Visiting Artist Series

Alison Bechdel
Graphic novelist Alison Bechdel critiques Contemporary Comics student work.

The Art Department is fortunate to have visiting artists throughout the year funded through the Vail Visiting Artist Fund. 

In recent years the Vail Visiting Artist program has enabled us to host well-known artists from a variety of disciplines. Visiting artists present their work in public lectures, demonstrations during the creation of an original work of art or through an exhibition in one of our galleries. Many visiting artists spend significant time with students through one-on-one meetings and critiques. We have had visiting curators put together group exhibitions of contemporary artists in our galleries bringing a variety of contemporary work to our campus.


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Graphic novelist Alison Bechdel critiques Contemporary Comics student work.

Recent Visiting Artists:

Printmaker, Cesar Portilla, participated in the art department from September 12 through September 17, 2005.

In conjunction with “Contained,” new media artist Marlon Barrios Solano gave an artist talk on Tuesday, October 4 to students of the new media class as well as any others that wished to participate. 

Originally from Argentina, but currently teaching in Florida, artist Sergio Vega was on campus from October 27-29, 2005. The title of his public lecture was, “Paradise in the New World,” as he uses the notion of earthly paradise as a recurring point of departure in his artwork. Sergio spoke in the Introduction to Art History class and did critiques in the Practicum class.

Heather Williams served as a visiting artist/lecturer in the Real and Recorded Time class on November 1, 2005.

Architect and planner Christopher Miller, from Judson College, Elgin, Illinois, made several presentations during his visit to campus November 4-5, 2005.